GENERAL. Dating back to the early 1800s, the textile industry has played a fundamental role in North Carolina’s history, economy and the employment of thousands of individuals. North Carolina’s textile manufacturers produce a wide variety of products within several different categories: fiber type (natural fibers – cotton, wool and synthetic fibers like nylon); fabric production process (woven or nonwoven); fabric finishing process (unfinished products, coated fabrics, etc.); and end product use (including apparel, parachutes, medical products, etc.).
In recent years, the textile industry has felt the impact of the increased global competition and economic recession. However, North Carolina’s textile manufacturers continue to demonstrate their resilience by expanding their end uses to include aerospace, industrial, military and other markets.
Federal government agencies are major consumers of clothing and textile products. Note that statutory requirement 10 U.S.C. 2533a better known as the Berry Amendment. “Restricts the Department of Defense from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to DoD for procurement of: food, clothing, tents/tarpaulins/covers, cotton and other natural fiber products, woven silk or woven silk blends, spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth, synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric, canvas products, or wool (including in manufactured articles), any item of individual equipmentcontaining any of the restricted fibers or fabrics, or hand or measuring tools ” that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the U.S.”
The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) recognizes the important role the textile industry plays within the state and importance of the State’s economy. NCMBC provides assistance to North Carolina’s businesses throughout the textile supply chain to help them compete for and win federal contracts – growing their portfolio to include defense and federal clients.
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